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Urban Fantasy Review: Bloodshifted by Cassie Alexander

Bloodshifted by Cassie Alexander (Edie Spence #5)


Egalley thanks to St. Martin's Paperbacks

Synopsis from Goodreads
Ambushed. Blindfolded. Kidnapped by vampires. Edie Spence must race against time to save herself and her baby—from the nightmare that flows through her veins…As a nurse in the hospital’s secret Y4 ward, Edie has seen her share of daytimers. Once-ordinary humans who’ve tasted vampire blood, daytimers are doomed to serve their nighttime masters. Forever. And now Edie has to face something even more horrifying: she’s become one too…BLOODSHIFTED  

Abducted by the vampire Raven, Edie is taken to the catacombs beneath the Catacombs, an ironically-named L.A. night club that supplies fresh blood and other favors for its vampire Masters. Edie has no intention of swapping her nurse’s uniform for a cocktail dress—not when her newborn infant needs her. But if she and Asher—her shapeshifter fiancé—can’t figure out a way to bleed Raven’s power, they may never get out of this plasma-soaked pleasure palace…undead or alive. 

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8.5/10

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What I always liked about Cassie Alexander it's that there is no glamour, glory or some sort of higher purpose to her supernaturals. They are nasty, vicious motherf*ckers and unapologetic to a boot. I LOVE it.


Here it is again then. Poor Edie is turned into a daytimer, so she and her baby could be saved from the virus she got infected with in a previous book.However her friendly vampire Anna is not there to bind her to herself, instead she pulls the strings so her rival and enemy Raven will do it instead.

That opens a whole can of worms for Edie, Anna and Asher, and Edie needs to be prepared to do anything to survive her moody, conniving master, his jealous daytimers and his unhinged scientist whose experiments have potential to change the world for the worse.

Add to it Shadows catching a ride along with Edie and a strange vampire invading her dreams, throw in a conspiracy, and well... in a classic manner for Miss Alexander, our favourite nurse's hands are full.

This is dark, chilling and gory. Edie despite being tougher to kill in Bloodshifted is still very much human, weak and very, very scared. She is scared for her baby and she is scared that Raven's mind-control will make her work against Anna and people she loves, and she is determined to do everything in her power to stop him.

Cassie Alexander's style brings you back to early urban fantasy, when a reader took nothing for granted. Forget glamorised seduction, luxurious living and angst among monsters. This is down and dirty and very honest, and your humble servant enjoyed it immensely. Highly recommended.

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Каждый раз после прочтения книги мисс Александр, я рекомендую их фанатам городского фэнтези с огромным энтузиазмом, так как она заставляет меня вспомнить почему я, собственно говоря, и полюбила этот жанр.

Касси не даёт своей героине привыкнуть к окружающей её среде и постоянно бросает её в новый город и в новую компанию монстров. В какой-то степени она напоминает мне раннюю Аниту.

Её монстры - натоящие хищники, которые не оплакивают потерю своей человечности в сторонке, а наслаждаются собственной жестокостью. Поэтому ожидайте море крови, неожиданную потерю второстепенных персонажей, осознание хрупкости жизни героини, которую так легко погасить и постоянное её использование всеми, кто сильнее. В общем, ожидайте закон джунглей.

В этот раз Эди попадает в логово вампира Рэйвена, Мастера Мос-Анжелеса, потому как он оказывается ближайшим вампиром у места крушения круиза, на котором она подхватила вирус, который убил бы её если бы она вовремя не была превращена в дневного раба вампиров. Анна переполошила всех вампиров и нашла того, кто взял бы на себя риск превращения Эди.

Проблема в том, что Рэйвен - один из врагов Анны, и теперь Эди боится того, что его манипуляция умом заставит её работать против Анны и Ашера. Она жутко боится, что что-то случится с ребёнком, которого она несёт в себе; она опасается нападения других рабов Мастера, завидующих ей, но больше всего она боится учёного, работающего с Рэйвеном, эксперименты которого изменят её мир к худшему.

Добавьте к этому Теней, что пытаются выбраться из логова вампира вместе с Эди и незнакомого кровососа, разговаривающего с ней во сне, приправьте заговором, и получите классический для Касси Александр сюжет - мрачный, опасный и напряжённый. Прекрасная книга, очень, очень советую всю серию!
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